Facebook has crashed – one of the largest in recent history. Facebook’s Instagram and WhatsApp also stopped working. Social media sites have appeared to be coming back online after several hours of error messages and outages, according to users with Facebook’s community of nearly 3 billion accounts.
The outage, which began around 11:30 EST, impacted Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp users worldwide. The company’s engineering team has issued an apology alongside an announcement of the return of its services.
“Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are coming back online now,” Mark Zuckerberg said on Facebook.]
“Sorry for the disruption today – I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about,” he said.
Reports from The New York Times indicate that employees were unable to enter buildings as their badges weren’t working on access doors, and that their internal tools and platforms were also down.
Facebook’s services have slowly been coming back on since around 7:00 p.m. EST. The problem, at least somewhat, has been resolved.
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